San Francisco toasts $550M convention center expansion

The building is environmentally friendly with solar paneling and recovered water for landscaping and street cleaning.

4 January 2019 | 10:29

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 4 January 2019 | 10:29

SAN FRANCISCO: A $550 million expansion of San Francisco’s convention center will better meet the needs of tourism as the city battles entrenched problems of homelessness and drug addiction, Mayor London Breed said.

Breed and other civic leaders toasted on Thursday the expansion of Moscone Center, which opened in 1981.

The building is environmentally friendly with solar paneling and recovered water for landscaping and street cleaning. Officials showed off new terraces with breathtaking views and above-ground pedestrian bridges that connect its north and south sides.

Breed said she is aware that the city’s livability issues deeply affect tourism, and said the expansion is an eye to the future.

The convention center is in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, a challenging part of the city riddled with used needles and other trash.

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